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In the seventy-four days between the November 7 election and the inauguration on January 20, the next president will need to form his White House team, designate fourteen cabinet secretaries, deliver his inaugural address, present his agenda to the nation, and send to Congress a budget of around $1.8 trillion. He can only effectively do so if he has planned his transition from an early point. In interviews for the White House Interview Program, the authors identify five elements as important to getting off to a successful start: (1) focus now on people and process, (2) avoid constraining commitments in the campaign, (3) choose top White House staff first, (4) learn from predecessors, and (5) develop a strategic plan for policy proposals.